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    That sounds like a good idea too, in these troubling times.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
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    I'm selling self serve to my friends that call ahead. They leave a check and take the goodies. No contact necessary. I'm beginning to miss folks though.

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    Sales remain strong, Far more orders than typical, I think way more people are eating a good breakfast which includes real Maple Syrup. Not only from old faithful customers only either, lots of new customers too.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    Cancelling maple weekend was definitely a blow. Porch sales have been steady, but I haven't compared to last year yet, but I think I'll sit down and do that. I have a wholesale order that I normally revisit every 6 months or so. I just filled that order again after about 2 weeks, so things really exploded there. That got my attention. It's a farm store that sells a lot of local meats, eggs, vegetables, etc. I agree people have time to eat better, bake, etc. right now. The NYT just had a maple pie recipe a couple days ago. Not as good the French-Canadian versions we see on this site. I think seeing maple in recipes motivates people to use it. It works on me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmeeeh View Post
    we put our mail, newspaper and cash or checks received in the oven 275 degrees for 10 minutes.
    Here in Canada our money now is plastic bills,might not do well in oven,so we carry cash and cheques out to the attached greenhouse with a pair of pinchers or something and let it sit in the hot sun for a week or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecolbeck View Post
    Sounds like feeding oneself is becoming a heritage skill!
    Several years ago I listened to a presentation that made the point that scratch cooking was such a small percentage of the population that market researchers couldn't even measure it.
    Sad actually!

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    I'd bet with Covid 19 the percentage climbed. I know my wife used to bake fairly often, now she bakes almost daily, so much so that she bought 100# of flour and just ordered 50# more. And one son of ours just started making his own pizza from scratch. He has perfected it so it is easily mistaken for the local most liked pizza shop pizzas.
    My wife also has some of her friends cooking with maple too. I have one customer who buys an average of 26 HG of syrup every year and they use it, don't sell it.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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    That's why I can't get flour. You're hoarding it!

    I just crunched the numbers. Porch pickup is good, but I'm still down from last year. Missing maple weekend is a big hole to fill. It's a little over 10% of my annual sales. My other big chunk of sales comes from farmers markets. I'm on the fence on what I want to do about those. They will open. Our state has deemed them essential, but I know I'm not really essential and I'm not sure how much I want to put everyone at risk being there. This is just a hobby for me. I'll re-evaluate as we get to May and June. Hopefully, we can put this in our rearview this summer.
    Woodville Maples
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    Something north of 250 taps
    Mix of natural and mechanical vac, S3 Controller from Mountain Maple
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
    Deer Run 125 RO
    6 hives of bees
    Keeping the day job until I can start living the dream.

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    I know lots of producers who do well at farmer's markets, I did one just a single year and decided I could do better with my time.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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